1. Insulate pipes in your basement, crawlspace and attic. Use tape or flexible molded pipe sleeves and make sure you wrap all the exposed pipe.
2. Seal all leaks with rigid foam [tag-ice]insulation[/tag-ice] near openings where pipes are located.
3. Caulk and seal around doors and windows.
4. Open cabinet doors underneath kitchen sink and in bathrooms to circulate more warm air near pipe openings.
5. Never allow your indoor temperature to be colder than 55 F.
6. Teach your tenants where to shut off the water inside and out just in case there is an emergency.
7. Tell your [tag-cat]tenants[/tag-cat] to keep the heat on even if they will be away for days. This is especially important as many people will go on vacation during the holidays.
8. Check the [tag-cat]furnace[/tag-cat] and see that it is in good shape. Pay particular attention to the pilot light and thermostat.
9. Disconnect all hosepipes to outdoor faucets.
10. Allow a trickle of water to drip from all faucets, inside and out.